It is dangerous for unqualified person to prescribe drugs to patients – NMA warns

Nigeria Medical Association warns against unprofessional drug prescriptions.

 

The Chairman of the Enugu State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Obinna Onodugo, has warned unauthorised people against prescribing drugs for patients.

Mr. Onodugo gave the warning in Enugu on Monday during an interview.

He said a lot of malpractice was going on in the health sector, including non-qualified medical personnel prescribing drugs for patients.

Mr. Onodugo decried a situation where a laboratory scientist would prescribe drugs for patients after conducting a test.

He said such practice is wrong as the normal thing to do is to send the result to a doctor for drug prescription.

“Even persons not medically qualified in any form prescribe drugs for people. They tell patients; this is the drug the doctor gave me when I was ill and I think you should take it.

“That form of prescription is wrong for patients without doctor’s direction. I think that things should be streamlined, prescription should be left for the medical personnel to do,’’ he said.

The chairman added that even in some medical areas, prescriptions should be left for the specialist in the area to handle.

He said that it not every doctor should handle certain prescriptions in order that people’s health can “be preserved and protected”.

The chairman said the association had set up a committee to look into wrong prescriptions of drugs.

“The committee will also organise seminars that will involve other members of the health profession, educate them on their job descriptions and limitations,” he said.

Mr. Onodugo said the committee would work in collaboration with the state ministry of health to monitor the various health areas.

“We are going to start with our own professionals, monitor ourselves first to ensure we are doing the right thing,” the chairman said.

He also said the committee would deal with any of its members found wanting, including reporting them to the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council.


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  • NAGODI

    DOTORS PRESCRIBE DRUGS AND THOUSANDS DIE OF SIDE EFFECTS, ONE CAN IMAGINE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE PRESCRIBE DRUGS. THE LAST TIME I TOOK A DRUG WAS TWO YEARS AGO. IF IREAD THE LABEL I GET SCARED BECAUSE THE PHARMACEUTICALCOMPANY IS SAYING SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT THAT FOR EVERY 1000 PEOPLE THAT TAKE THIS DRUG, ONE WILL DIE! I DONT KNOW IF I AM THAT ONE SINCE THE MANUFACTURER DID NOT SAY WHO SPECIFICALLY WILL DIE.
    I SEE DRUG HAWKERS ON THE STREETS DAILY AND I WONDER WHY WOULD NIGERIANS KNOWINGLY GET DRUGS FROM SOMEONE THAT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THOSE DRUGS. IN MOST CASES THE HAWKER CANT READ OR WRITE.

  • Eziokwu bu Ndu

    Medical doctors in Nigeria seem to be at war against themselves. They seem self-threatened. That is the worst situation anyone can face – to be at war with oneself probably because of ones unfair act(s). Why are doctors afraid to tell their patients the names of the medicines they are being administered? Why are they more disturbed when those medicines are identified by other people. It is not enough to attend to a patient. It is more important that the parient has complete information about their health and treatment. It is a patient’s right but some doctors think they do patients a favour by telling them the names of the medicines they take. I stand against prescription of medicines (or is it drugs doctors call it?), but they are not kind to their patients.
    Any patient who goes beyond their doctor to seek identification for a medicine they take has one outcome: a likely loss of confidence in the doctor. Doctors must also remember that patients are more likely to trust an open minded and transparent health service provider than one that detaches tablets or capsules from their blister packs so that the patient will not identify them and possibly come back to their health facility. In every way, it is unethical and an infrigement on the rights of the patient. Unfortunately, doctors also quickly forget that they did not discover, design and/or manufactoure the medicines they hide from their patients. Imagine what happens if the manufacturers of the same medicines decide to disguise them from the doctors. A funny, confusing situation in a hospital ward, you may say. Doctors should stop eating themselves. A war against self fast diminishes a man!

  • Eziokwu bu Ndu

    A correction to my previous input: I stand against prescription of medicines (or is it drugs doctors call it?) by unqualified health personnel, but they (most doctors) are not kind to their patients. I am sorry about this omission. Thank you.